Study Abroad, Florence: Contemporary Consciousness Future Flourishing

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Contemporary Consciousness / Future Flourishing

OCAD U undergraduate students from the Faculty of Design (Environmental Design, Industrial Design and Illustration) and graduate students from IAMD and Digital Futures Masters programs are holding an Open Studio event at the OCAD University Florence Studio (Via Bonifacio Lupi 14) on Saturday June 10 from 2-5 pm.

The undergraduate presentations are the culmination of a four week intensive studio - The Future of Inhabited Form - design work for a site in Rome near the Maxxi Museum. Students spent two weeks at Sapienza University of Rome with OCAD U Professors Stuart Reid and Doreen Balabanoff and Professor Fabio Quici of the Sapienza Faculty of Architecture.
The graduate students are offering a glimpse into their work in progress towards their MFA or MDES research/practice.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Open Studio Via Bonifacio Lupi 14 Firenze, Italy
Poster Florence Open Studio

OCAD University invites you to celebrate the Class of 2017 at GradEx 102!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The exhibition, from May 3 to 7, takes place in three buildings across campus: the landmark Sharp Centre for Design at 100 McCaul St., and across the way at 113 and 115 McCaul St.

“This is a joyful time of year at OCAD University, when we welcome our local community to visit our campus and experience the immense talent of our graduating students as they prepare to set out for careers as creative professionals, researchers and entrepreneurs,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor. “Our graduates are problem-solvers, risk-takers, collaborators and flexible thinkers and makers who will bring the transformative power of art and design to whatever field they choose.”

One graduating student in each program is awarded the OCAD University Medal in recognition of their creativity, innovation, mastery of technique and high academic achievement. This year, 22 medals will be awarded undergraduate and graduate students who excelled in their programs.

Undergraduate Medal Winners:

  • Advertising – Justin Platnar
  • Graphic Design – Tucker McLachlan
  • Illustration – Andrew Watch
  • Environmental Design – Shahrzad Nasiri
  • Industrial Design – Martin Luu
  • Material Art & Design – Mary K. McIntyre
  • Digital Futures (co-medallists) – Parth Soni and Sally Luc
  • Visual & Critical Studies – Sylvia Evans
  • Criticism & Curatorial Practice – Tori Maas
  • Cross-Disciplinary Art: Life Studies – Renee Hayward
  • Drawing & Painting – Tia Cavanagh
  • Integrated Media – Sid Tangerine
  • Photography – Aaron Moore
  • Printmaking – Jana Ghalayini
  • Sculpture/Installation – Maha Khan

Graduate Medal Winners:

  • Interdisciplinary Masters’ in Art, Media and Design – Annette Mangaard
  • Digital Futures – Fusun Uzun
  • Strategic Foresight and Innovation – Ryan J. A. Murphy
  • Inclusive Design – Elizabeth Morris
  • Criticism and Curatorial Practice – Elisha Lim
  • Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories – Émilie Uzoma Jacob

GradEx 102 runs Wednesday, May 3, through Sunday, May 7.

The public is invited to attend opening night celebrations on Wednesday, May 3, from 6:30. to 11 p.m.* Admission is free.

A variety of student works will be available for purchase at feature sales from programs such as Photography and Printmaking.

For details and a complete event schedule, visit or download the free smartphone app with information on wayfinding, exhibitors, medal winners and more at .

OCAD University’s annual Graduate Exhibition is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor Mercedes-Benz Financial Services; Lead Event Sponsors Delaney Capital Management and First Capital Realty; Event Sponsor Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; Broadcast Media Sponsor CP24; and Media Sponsor Metro News.

Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival - Photography by Design

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 5:00pm to Friday, June 9, 2017 - 5:00pm

OCAD University and the Faculty of Design are proud to present an exhibition of student and faculty work that emphasizes the role of design concepts within contemporary photography. Each work is a unique technical and conceptual exploration resulting in an exciting interpretation of the given subject, employing both traditional and alternative media practices.

*Reception: Thursday May 18 6pm - 8pm

Curated by Design Faculty
For more information click here

*Photo: Portrait in Black, Guy McCrum

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Great Hall
Guy McCrum Portrait in Black

This Machine Kills Fascists

photo of guitar machine robot
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:00pm to 7:30pm

Gallery hours: April 27, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Performance: 5 p.m.

Reception: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

This project is a collaboration between artist Troy Richards, designer Ashley Pigford, and engineer Dustyn Roberts. Inspired by a statement written on Woody Guthrie’s guitar This Machine Kills Fascists (TMKF) is a guitar playing robot that performs traditional American folk music on a portable stage. Sheet music with the song lyrics are printed and left on the benches set up in front of the stage and audience members will be encouraged to sing along to the music. 

“How can we come together in ways that express a shared experience of community and mutual sympathy? Our music, much like our lived experience, is filtered through technology and is often isolating. TMKF presents a kind of homespun spectacle that can draw the attention of a skeptical public and entice to come together and learn/sing these songs that are woven into our collective DNA.

TMKF is very high tech and low-tech, combining the analog tradition of folk music and digital technology of robotics. Our project is inherently positive and seeks to bring people together through music. It uses a strategy of generating empathy and goodwill with an artificial intelligence to make us ask questions of the kind of community we may or may not be making with actual humans. With TMKF we hope to create a compelling experience that starts conversations.”

This event is free and open to the public.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, ground floor, 205 Richmond Street West
illustration of robot playing guitar - exhibition poster

Celebration of First-Year Exhibition

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 1:15pm to Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 1:15pm

Celebration of First-Year Exhibition

Great Hall from April 12th to 20th   

An exhibition of OCAD University first-year work, from across the disciplines.

Reception: Wednesday April 12th at 6pm

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Great Hall (2nd floor) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, ON
line drawing of fingers

Pat Fairhead @90: A Retrospective

Pat Fairhead @90: A Retrospective Exhibition Poster
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 1:00pm to Friday, April 28, 2017 - 4:00pm

Arts & Letters Club of Toronto

April 2 – April 28, 2017
Public Opening: Sunday, April 2, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

A career retrospective show of paintings by Pat Fairhead, RCA, a Charter member of the Arts & Letters Club. Curated by Wendy Whitemore from over 60 years of Pat’s work, this show features images from Canada East to West, the Canadian Arctic, Europe, Australia, Africa and South America. 

Venue & Address: 
Arts & Letters Club of Toronto 14 Elms Street, Toronto, Ontario

Homework - Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 8:00am to Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 2:00pm

Homework – Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition in the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries on 2nd and 3rd floors / March 20 – March 25 /OCADU’s Illustration Program students, working in nineteen small groups in their 4th Year Illustrative Painting course, curated and developed the exhibition themes and artwork for this collection of group exhibitions.


Venue & Address: 
Artscape Youngplace. 180 Shaw Street. Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
Free. Open Daily 8 am – 8pm except Saturday Mar 25, 8am – 2pm, exhibition closes at 2pm on March 25 Informal artist reception March 21, 7 - 9pm in the 2nd & 3rd floor hallway galleries.

Library Site-Interventions: Painting in the Expanded Field (DRPT-4011)

clear plastic box containing beetle larvae and pages from Kafa's The Metamorphosis
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 10:00am to Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 5:00pm

As part of the library’s ongoing site-specific art intervention project, selected students from Colette Laliberté's "Painting in the Expanded Field" (DRPT-4011) are exhibiting artworks in the Dorothy H. Hoover Library. Each work conceptually interacts with a theme, practice, or policy in the library as an institution. 


Works include:

  •   Cynella Cyril: Interconnected
  •   Jasmine Luk & Shinyoung Park: Walking Settlers, Stretching Pioneers
  •   Kate Rogers: Untitled
  •   Sylvester Teszeri: Boo K- Wurm
  •   Gordis Wong: Outsider/Insider
  •   Tara Zacharias: Author Unknown

image credit: Sylvester Teszeri. 2017. Plexiglass box (61 x 31 x 16 cm), copy of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis (trans. Susan Bernofsky; intro. David Cronenberg. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2014), beetle larvae.

Venue & Address: 
OCADU Library, 215 MCC (113 McCaul)

Unbounded First Generation Student Exhibition

exhibition, first gen
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 6:30pm to Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 2:30pm
Venue & Address: 
Lobby, 100 McCaul Street.

OCAD U exhibition unveiled at Queen’s Park

Artists standing with President Sara Diamond in front of exhibition
Wednesday, February 15, 2017


On February 15, OCAD University unveiled a unique exhibition in the boardroom of the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD). Curated by recent OCAD U graduate Delilah Rosier, the exhibition features 12 accomplished OCAD U student artists, giving viewers a sense of the unique, interdisciplinary works created at the university.  

  • Ella Bot
  • Jana Ghalayini
  • Antonio Giacchetti
  • Saba Giani
  • Abigail Holt
  • leaf jerlefia
  • Sofy Mesa
  • Renelyn Quinicot Javier
  • Oliver Roberts
  • Dahae Song
  • Louis-Philippe Tremblay-Chapdelaine
  • Carly Whitmore

The exhibition was made possible thanks to the efforts of Jennifer Long, Associate Chair, Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices and Miriam Kramer, Director, Government Relations & Partnerships.


Minister Deb Matthews meets with artists in her office